DHS has recently trialled the use of labour hire staff in face-to-face services.
While additional staff were a welcome addition to the workplace and have made a positive contribution, members were rightly concerned that these staff do not enjoy the same pay, conditions and job security as APS employees.
CPSU members have expressed concerns that the use of labour hire arrangements erodes job security and permanent employment in DHS, as well as issues around training and safety for labour hire workers.
After the trial was completed in April, CPSU representatives met with DHS to discuss the outcomes.
The Department has now advised that the remaining labour hire staff have been offered APS employment.
This is a great win for those individuals and for secure employment in DHS.
There is however a lot more to do in this space, with labour hire arrangements in use in large numbers across the Department.